Jesus Christ is the center of God's plan to redeem the whole world. Followers of Christ are united to him and therefore Christ must be at the center of our lives and everything we do as a church.
We receive the gospel promises individually, but are called to live them out together. God gives us the opportunity for deep friendships and family to help us with all that we face in life. Our love for one another puts Christ's love on display.
FOR THE CITY
We go into our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces with a desire to bring the gospel to those who do not know Christ. We go as Christ came to us, in love and humility, with a heart to love and serve our City and World.
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The Bible is about the person and work of Jesus Christ from start to finish. God created a good world, human beings rebelled against God and his good ways and fell away, God accomplished redemption in Jesus Christ, and God will restore the universe when Christ comes again to make everything new. This is the central story of human history and needs to be the central story of our lives and churches. This is the gospel.
We believe that God’s gospel narrative begins in the book of Genesis. God created the earth and all that is in it, and it was good. Adam and Eve rebelled against God and His good rule, and it was bad. But in the midst of what seemed a hopeless future for all humanity, God made a promise. God promised that through a future descendent of the woman would one day come a man that would crush the head of the serpent and redeem mankind. Evil, death, sin, oppression, rebellion and suffering would once for all be defeated.
Christ has done what we could never do. He perfectly obeyed God on our behalf. Where Adam failed, Christ did not. Christ became sin for us, taking away the punishment that we had earned, so that we might stand before God as righteous and dearly loved children. As followers of Christ we have been united to him. Christ daily gives us the power to live lives that glorify God, but apart from him we are still powerless. Who Christ is and what he has done must and will transform who we are and what we do.
Lead Pastor: Toby's family has been in California for four generations and he was raised mostly in San Diego and Monterey. He and his wife Rebekah were married in San Diego in 1999 and have three active and fun boys aged 15, 10, and 7. Toby earned his BS from UC Davis and after spending a number of years in the marketplace, he went back to school to pursue a masters at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. While living in Brooklyn, God redirected Toby and Rebekah towards full-time ministry, and they came home to California in 2009 to plant a church in San Francisco.
As Lead Pastor, his primary responsibilities include preaching, counseling, leadership development, and providing directional leadership for our church.
Executive Pastor: Seng was born in pre-Independence Singapore and grew up in a multi-racial Southeast Asian culture. He got his BA from the University of Oregon, MA from the University of London, and is currently attending Gateway Seminary. After spending his early career in the private sector, he spent two and a half decades in the government and diplomatic service of Singapore, with assignments in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, and San Francisco, where he started attending Christ Church in 2010. He is married to Julie, who is step-mom to his daughter Jordan.
As Executive Pastor, his initial focus will be on the organizational health and development of Christ Church, including the resourcing of its ministries, equipping and coordination of ministry leaders, and the pastoral care of church members.
Founding Elder: Jon-Paul's original hometown is Johannesburg, South Africa, and his family immigrated to San Diego when he was in eighth grade. He and his wife Courtney were married in San Diego in 2001 and they lived in London and New York before returning to California in 2006. They have a daughter and two sons. After earning his BS/BA at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University, he now works in real estate private equity.
As one of the founding elders at Christ Church, he provides leadership for Christ Church's finances and planning, and he also helps lead a community group.
Elder: George is an only child of immigrant parents, born and raised in Delaware. He first attended church in elementary school, where a Sunday school teacher walked through a Bible tract and prayed with him to accept Jesus - which he promptly hid under his mattress after getting home. It was approaching high school that he began to really explore and own his faith. While studying Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, George met his future wife, Becky. With a stop in Boston along the way, George and Becky have lived in San Francisco for the past 15 years, where their children, Caroline and Henry, were also born. He and his family have been attending Christ Church since 2015, and have felt called to live and serve in the city.
Elder: Jamin was born and raised in South Carolina. He and his wife Melissa were married in 2003 and had three children (ages 13, 11, and 9) in South Carolina and earned an MBA from Southern Wesleyan University. Jamin worked remotely for a tech startup before being transferred to San Francisco in 2012 when they began attending Christ Church.
In 2016, work again transferred him to Kansas City. It was during this time that God confirmed the call to Jamin and his family to live and minister in San Francisco at Christ Church. In 2018, they moved back to San Francisco to participate more fully in the work of Christ Church.
Elder: Carter was born in Laredo, TX moved to Boise, ID, Enid, Ok, San Antonio, TX, Memphis, TN, and St. Louis, MO by the 8th grade. He's the son of a former Air Force F-111 fighter pilot. He went to high school and college in Missouri. In 1996 he moved to Phoenix, AZ for a sales job and then in 1998 he got two internships as a script reader and synopsis writer for Warner Brothers and CastleRock in LA. Having moved around so much he knew that LA was not the place for him. He had a friend living in Menlo Park, CA and moved up here September, 1998. He attended City Church San Francisco the 2nd Sunday he arrived and felt that though he had no job, and only knew a few people that God was calling him to be part of the church and the work that God was doing in SF. God's calling him to San Francisco, to be part of an urban environment, is also what drew he and his wife Stephanie together. Stephanie has the same calling. They've been married since October, 2004 and have a son Franklin (8 yrs. old) and a daughter Ford (5 yrs. old). In 2014, they felt that God was calling them to explore other churches and felt that Christ Church San Francisco was the community they were being called to become a member and invest in. We have been thrilled to be part of the overall kingdom work that God has called us to be a part of here in SF and know that Christ Church San Francisco is absolutely, without a doubt, our community of brothers and sisters to serve, and walk alongside of.